cocaine associated morbidities include
- significant impact on pulmonary alveolar permeability (Tashkin, 1997),
- can induce persistent renal failure, hematuria, and thrombocytopenia (Volcy
et al, 2000).
- "noticeable increases in the incidence of neurovascular complications"
(Darras et al, 1991), including ischemic cerebrovascular events.
A potent topical vasoconstrictor, cocaine also causes
- nasal mucosal and dermal ulceration;
- perforated gastropyloric ulcer (Abramson et al, 1991), and
- a condition now known as "crack lung" (Gatof, 2002).